Friday, 3 June 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #66
Just for the Night - Tawny Webber
N.B. This is a North American release
From the back cover:
"Power outages happen, and you have to be somewhere—like in an empty store—with your ex. Who is still irresistible. And hot. And who knows how to make the most out of a dark situation….
Checklist for: Larissa Zahn
☑ First aid kit (With condoms. Be prepared. Very, very prepared.)
☑ Someone you're still overwhelmingly into (Jason Cantrell, I'm looking at you.)
☑ Plenty of time in the dark (Read: hot nookie. Lots of it.)
❑ The ability to walk away without regrets in the morning…. (Uh-oh!)"
This is one of the books I bought while in NYC, I'm not sure if it has been (or will be) released in the UK. I like the Blaze line, as they are forward and contemporary, this book is both those things and enjoyable.
The heroine Larissa is about to take her career one step further with the hope of winning an empty store in a brand new hotel. After she has given her pitch she is left trapped in the hotel due to a city wide blackout with the hero Jason. Jason is also hoping to win the empty store as a base for his own business. Jason and Larissa were engaged a few years back, which ended badly, very badly, after Jason was led to believe Larissa cheated on him. Larissa was deeply hurt that Jason could accuse her of this and ended the relationship without explaining it, since she has reinvented her career and herself, but still hasn't completely gotten over Jason. While they are trapped together all their past issues and chemistry bubble up, resulting in passionate arguments and even more passionate sex. However they both know it can only for for one night as they both want to be able to move on.
I really liked the idea of the story; throwing together two ex's in an inescapable situation and seeing how they handle it. If the two characters had parted amicably when they broke up previously and just had a night of steamy 'ex sex' then this would not have been as interesting. Neither of the two characters had closure with their relations, so what resulted was some intense and emotional scenes. The sex was every bit as steamy as you would expect from a good Blaze, there was even chocolate body paint, need I say more...!
The author managed to write some great character growth, what I particularly liked is how they dealt with both the issues that drove them apart as well as their own personal issues. I will say that their almost constant arguing did get a bit tedious after a while, although it is very believable to the situation.
An enjoyable read.